July 9, 2011 Subject:
Who needs a barrel of monkeys when you have a bevy of B-feature cuties? This musical drama(?)…er, comedy(?) about the phony side of Hollywood opens okay, but almost immediately falters with a feebly staged production number. Then things move progressively downhill, occasionally punctuated by astonishingly unfunny interludes of comic relief. Stars William Haines (awful) and Judith Allen (mediocre). The only actors who escape with their reputations more or less intact are Joseph Crawthorn, John Miljan and the ubiquitous Franklin Pangborn. The Direction? Well, there is some. Had they tried just a little harder "Young and Beautiful" might have been so bad it's good.
Except for some missing-frame cutouts the softish print is complete. The audio is slightly muffled. Boosting the mid-frequencies helps.
CAST NOTE: Future leading man Dennis O'Keefe briefly appears as an un-credited dance scene extra, but if you can pick him out of the crowd you're better than I am.